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MSc Urban Planning

Study on a course that offers an internationally recognised professional qualification which opens up a wide range of career opportunities in planning and related fields such as, transport planning , environmental protection, housing, historic environment, economic development and regeneration. Suitable for people with a range of standard academic backgrounds and those with work experience in planning and a non standard academic background. The course advocates planning as a creative and inclusive process. It encourages an innovative approach to planning or related areas. The course ethos is one of theory into practice and preparing you for your future career. You focus on applying theory to contemporary practice by using real life case studies

Course length 12-36 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

Develop an innovative approach to planning grounded in theory and lively academic debate, and focused on the knowledge, skills and competencies required for employment in the area.

You base your studies on real life issues and case studies. This allows you to develop the range of skills and competencies to enter into a planning career. The course also allows you to develop your own interests and specialist areas of study. The course provides you with key knowledge and skills for a planning or planning-related career.

It covers topics and issues such as
• planning practice, profession and ethics
• planning theory and principles
• planning policy development and policy evaluation
• the English and wider approaches to planning
• climate change and environmental issues and protection
• transport and infrastructure provision
• housing planning and development
• the planning and development process
• Viability
• placemaking and design quality
• design issues including urban design and sustainable design
• social equity, inclusion and cohesion
• economic growth and development

The course also enables you to develop key skills for your future career. These are gained through the modules and the assessment approach and include
• negotiation skills
• engagement and consultation
• research skills
• time and project management
• self motivation and group working
• policy evaluation
• viability and appraisal skills
• design awareness and design review
• political and ethical awareness
• networking and professional presence
• communication and presentation skills.

The course has been running for over 25 years attracting students from a range of backgrounds including
• graduates from a range of subjects such as geography, natural and built environment, humanities, scienceand design looking for a professional qualification
• practitioners in planning and the wider built and natural environment fields who are looking to develop their career
• people looking for new career or a change of career direction
• international students from Europe, America and beyond

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally you must meet our general entry requirements and have a minimum of a 2:2 degree. For the part-time course, we may consider you without a degree if you have extensive relevant experience, and subject to the approval of the course leader and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

International qualifications that are equivalent to UK qualifications are acceptable. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

2018 entry requirements

Normally you must meet our general entry requirements and have a minimum of a 2:2 degree. For the part-time course, we may consider you without a degree if you have extensive relevant experience, and subject to the approval of the course leader and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

International qualifications that are equivalent to UK qualifications are acceptable. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full time – September start – typically 12 or 16 months

Part time – September start – typically 36 months

Typical modules may include

Core modules

Planning theory and context
Provides an introduction and overview of planning including key theory, aims and debates for example, social equity and sustainable development.

Applied research methods
Provides you with the knowledge and skills to take academic research at postgraduate level. It also prepares you for your dissertation.

Policy for space and place
Covers the development and evaluation of planning policy including a critical review of the different levels of planning policy hierarchy.

Sustainable city ecologies
Considers how we can use planning to respond to environmental sustainability and social equity issues within urban environments. Module shared with the architecture students.

Environment and infrastructure
Examines the tensions in planning’s role both in protecting the environment and facilitating the delivery of major infrastructure for example, transport and power.

Planning and development process
A double module on the role of planning in design quality and development viability. Contains key professional skills material including project management and negotiation skills.

Housing and economic development
Examining the role of planning in delivering local economic development within the contemporary global context.

Major project or dissertation
You take a major piece of primary research as the final piece of work for your masters in a specialism of your own choice from • regeneration • environment • urban design and development • transport.

Optional modules

Choose one option module from

Comparative European planning
Looks at approaches and uses of comparative methods in planning, opportunity to compare a European approach on environment, regeneration or design and development. The module contains a five day field course to a European country and currently goes to the Netherlands.

You can compare two European countries or another home country and a European country.

Consultancy project
You identify a client, agree a brief and take a real life piece of consultancy work. Provides an excellent opportunity to gain professional skills and contacts.

Assessment Coursework and professional practice focused assignments.

Employability

You can find opportunities in both private consultancy and public sector planning in planning and related careers including strategic planning and policy development • development implementation and management • environmental protection •infrastructure planning, housing development • regeneration • economic development • heritage and the historic environment • health • transport and accessibility planning.

Planners are also employed across a range of public and private sector bodies in wider roles, for example in wider policy development and in campaign bodies and pressure groups.

As an internationally recognised qualification the course also opens up wider career opportunities in the global job market.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course

Part-time – typically £2,135 for year one and £4,270 for year two (subject to inflation)

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course, plus an optional field trip fee of £400 (max contribution)

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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